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10 Dec 2019 | 07:42 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Government official killed in Ghazni December 10

Unidentified gunmen kill the head of the Disabled and Martyrs Department in Ghazni December 10; avoid the area

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Event

The Disabled and Martyrs Department director was reportedly shot by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle in Ghazni's police district 2 on Tuesday, December 10. Details are still emerging. No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Similar attacks possible over the near term.

Context

Taliban militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. Such assaults are, in part, intended to undermine the perceived capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) - and the Afghan government more broadly - to adequately provide security in the wake of the withdrawal of most US-led NATO forces from the country.

Advice

Individuals in Ghazni are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the affected area, liaise with their security partner, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.